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Resource Hacker 4.5.30

View, extract and modify resources in Windows executables

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Mobile, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 08 January 2017
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Downloads To Date: 3641
Developer: Angus Johnson
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Resource Hacker
View, extract and modify resources in Windows executables

Resource Hacker is a capable free tool for viewing, extracting, and generally working with resources in 32 and 64-bit Windows executables and *.res files.

At its simplest, you might use the program to open an EXE file, browse the icons or bitmaps it contains, and save any you'd like to use elsewhere.

Resource Hacker can also access and display resources of many other types: cursors, AVI videos, images, menus, dialogs, forms, version information and more.

That's useful enough, but Resource Hacker doesn't stop there: it actually allows you to modify these resources. Replace an icon or bitmap. Resize a dialog box. Change menu text, maybe provide new version information. You can play around as you like, maybe resizing or positioning dialog controls to suit your needs, then have Resource Hacker recompile the results and update the executable (or *.res file) with all your changes.

Keep in mind that this won't always be possible. Resources can be hard to find, hidden in a DLL or OCX file somewhere. They may not be stored in a format Resource Hacker can access at all. Changing them might have unexpected or undesirable effects (only ever work with copies of a file). But the program does give you a chance, and on balance it's probably worth a try.

4.5.30

Update: Very minor cosmetic improvements

Verdict:

If you're just interesting in browsing or dumping the images from an EXE file then there are easier ways to do it. Resource Hacker is really aimed at experienced users who want to carry out more advanced tasks, maybe modifying a menu or dialog box without recompiling the executable, and if that sounds like you then it's still a great choice.

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Rated excellent

Posted by: Robert Immersoll, 25 November 2016 01:29

Over the years I've frequently deployed ResHack in order to personalize programs I use, such as putting in better or custom graphics and correcting annoying spelling mistakes. But it can do much more, and stands as one of the best tools available for Windows hacking.

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